The Cardinals want to see more of Sam Bradford during the regular season.
That’s why they want to see more of him now.
Via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic, Bradford’s workload has gradually increased over the offseason, leading into this week’s three-day minicamp.
“It was obviously good to be out there today to get some of that work,” Bradford said. “To this point, I’ve really just kind of been building into it. But I feel really good right now and obviously to be able to be out there and move around with the guys, it was a lot of fun today.”
The status of Bradford’s left knee will make his availability a question the rest of his career. But his current health is a good sign heading into training camp, where the Cardinals intend him to get comfortable as the starter.
“We devised a plan,” Bradford said. “We stuck to that plan and the plan was to get stronger and to feel good coming out of this part of the offseason so that during the five weeks leading up to training camp, I can really build on what we had done here and come into training camp ready to go.
“I think the plan’s worked. My body feels really good right now.”
As long as he holds up, the Cardinals can groom rookie Josh Rosen for the future. But Bradford’s background being what it is (he’s played 16 games twice in his career), it’s also important to have Rosen as ready as possible.
The Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen in the first round of the NFL Draft and they agreed to terms with Chad Kanoff as an undrafted free agent last week, which left them with an overstuffed depth chart at quarterback.
They took steps to alleviate that on Monday. The Cardinals have released quarterbacks Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen from their 90-man roster.
Both players joined the team on April 5 as waiver claims. Doughty was waived by the Dolphins, who drafted him in the seventh round of the 2016 draft, and Torgersen was dropped after joining the Lions practice squad last December.
The moves leaves the Cardinals with Rosen, Kanoff, Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon at quarterback. The Cardinals need to release two more players before making their undrafted additions official before this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
As the Arizona Cardinals approach the 2018 season, they are not expected to do much. In fact, Vegas gave the Cardinals the lowest win/loss betting line in the league, matching the Cleveland Browns.
However, the Cardinals are not underdogs in their season opener.
They will open the 2018 season at home against the Washington Redskins. According to Bovada, the game is currently a pick’em.
Both teams will have new starting quarterbacks. The Redskins traded for Alex Smith, letting Kirk Cousins walk in free agency, while the Cardinals signed Sam Bradford. They also drafted Josh Rosen with the 10th overall pick, but as of now, Bradford is still expected to be the starter in 2018.
Both teams are coming off disappointing seasons and both were ravaged by injuries in 2017.
With the changes, it is unknown exactly how good either team will be. As such, that makes the season opener have an understandable even line. That line will certainly move before the season begins.
The Arizona Cardinals were thrilled when they were able to trade up to the 10th overall pick and select quarterback Josh Rosen. However, according to Bleacher Report’s Chris Simms, the Cardinals did not have Rosen at the top of their QB list.
They had Josh Allen higher and actually had a deal in place to move up and select him.
According to Simms, they would have moved to the fifth overall pick, making a deal with the Denver Broncos.
“They tried to trade for Josh Allen,” Simms said on his radio show. “Everything I know is that the No. 5 pick with the Broncos, the trade was in place, and it was with Arizona. And then (Bradley) Chubb was on the board and (team president John) Elway wasn’t willing to do that.
“The Arizona Cardinals were heartbroken they didn’t get Josh Allen.”
Rosen confidently declared that there were nine mistakes taken before him. He clarified that to be three quarterback mistakes.
Apparently, had the Cardinals had their way, they would have been one of those teams making the same mistake in Rosen’s eyes.
But this sort of thing has worked out favorably for the Cardinals before. They wanted to draft running back Ameer Abdullah. The Detroit Lions selected him just ahead of the Cardinals. Their consolation prize was David Johnson the next round. That worked out nicely.
The Arizona Cardinals have drafted a franchise quarterback, which should inspire a celebration in itself. but the fact that Josh Rosen, the Arizona Cardinals new hope at quarterback, is a quote machine, is even better.